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(i . H . COLT. 



College 1Rews 



Vol. 9. No. 8. 



WELLESLEY, MASS., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1909 



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Theoretical Philosophy and Estab= 
lished Belief. 

The lecture given by Professor Ralph Bar- 
ton Perry of Harvard, on Friday evening' 
November the 26th, in Billings Hall, was 
the first of the course of lectures planned 
for this year by the Philosophy Club. 

Mr. Perry's subject was well chosen, 
for even the most amateur philosopher is 
interested to know just what is the con- 
nection between his "mighty theories" 
and his life. In beginning, Mr. Perry de- 
fined "established belief" as faith, taken 
in the sense of conviction favorable to 
action. Belief is that which inspires, 
whereas unbelief, in opposition, is a hesita- 
tion which harms. He then stated that 
the purpose of this lecture was to show 
that theory is unbelief. He pointed out 
that theory and belief are antithetical; a s 
Descartes says "To theorize is to doubt," 
while the specific value of belief lies in 
that trust, reliance or constancy without 
which nothing can be accomplished. In- 
telligent living proceeds not by doubting 
but by assuming. He who works believes. 
As Chesterton has said, "A man does not 
go mad because he builds a statue a mile 
high, but does go mad if he thinks it out 
by the square inch." 

Having shown the difference between 
belief and theory, which is essentially that 
between belief and unbelief, Mr. Perry em- 
phasized the fact that what we need to- 
day is belief, for we live in a rationalistic 
age. Belief is of use in the working-day 
world. Every plan of action is based on 
assumptions. The best partners, like the 
best friends, are those who can take the 
most for granted. Unbelief, or theory, is 
fatal to politics, to religion and to all civil- 
ization. The theorizer prepares founda- 
tions but is not free to build on them. The 
theoretical mind has not the proper sense 
of proportion; the person with such a mind 
lives only by what is reasoned and proved, 
but practically this is impossible. The 
steadiness of belief is essential to social 
life. Society could not act if men's ideals 
were fluent and transitory. 

In illustration of the fact that between 
the two opposing forces, theory and belief, 
there is bound to be a conflict, Mr. Perry 
cited the case of Galileo's attempt to ad- 
vance his theory that the earth moved. 
The established belief of the world to the 
contrary was so firmly fixed and was the 
foundation of so many other beliefs that 
when this was upset chaos resulted. To 
compromise, Galileo wrote his "Dia- 
logues," in which he attempted to assure 



the world in their old belief and yet to 
whisper to his friends the new truth, 
attempted to reconcile loyalty to the ex- 
istent order with apparent truth. 

The solution of this problem of recon- 
ciling theory and belief, Mr. Perry found 
in the fact that they can be regarded as 
different functions of society and held 
separate from each other. Descartes 
says : " It is necessary to believe practi- 
cal!}' while theoretically in suspense." 
One inference following upon this solution 
is that since there is virtue in belief it is 
wise to surrender belief reluctantly. But 
the great tendency of the age, as before 
stated, is away from belief. This may be 
due to the present possibility of easy com- 
munication of new thoughts, to the tri- 
umph of democratic principles which de- 
mand the best for all, to the opinion that 
knowledge cannot remain for a few but 
must be practical for all. The result of 
this tendency is to destroy all belief. 
Men with settled opinions tend to become 
rare and the safety of society is threat- 
ened. To belief, society owes its stability; 
to theory, its chance of improvement. 
Since there is a virtue in belief ti.ai is 
above theory it is well to change belief 
slowly. Belief is a part of life. Theory 
may be changed with little cost and cer- 
tain gain, but belief can be changed only 
with certain cost. Therefore theory must 
take care that it remains somewhat sep- 
arate until it is sure of itself lest it disturb 
the community and overthrow the beliefs 
upon which society is founded. Philoso- 
phy should speak a language of its own 
until it can give a truth, that will work, to 
the world. Society could well afford to 
wait for better tested truth. 

Mr. Perry held the attention of his 
audience clear to the end, for they were 
curious to see what conclusions he would 
reach ; they were also interested in a sub- 
ject and a point of view comparatively 
different from those to which they are 
accustomed. 



FRESHMAN ELECTIONS. 

President Mary Colt 

Vice-president Josephine Bryant 

Treasurer Katherine Duffield 

Recording Secretary. . .Edith Montgomery 
Corresponding Secretary, Mary Humphrey 

( Ruth Curtis 
Executive Committee \ Evelyn Wells 

( Ruth Williams 

. , . n ... j Marie Hill 

Advisory Committee.. . . j Helen Logan 

„ I Helen Toy 

Factotums j Edm ^ pe 



HONORABLE MENTION. 

CLASS OF igi2. 

Honorable mention for Freshmen has 
been established by the college for the pur- 
pose of giving recognition to a high degree 
of excellence in academic work. Atten- 
tion is called to the following points: 

1. The standard is slightly lower than 
that required for .honor scholarships. 

2. The standard is absolute, not com- 
petitive. 

3. A small amount of non-credit work 
will not debar from this honor. 

4. In general a condition will debar. 

5. Names on list are arranged in alpha- 
betical order. 

Edith D. Allyn Evelyn R. Keller 

Cynthia L. Bailey Effie G. Kuhn 

Beatrice U. Berry Georgeine E. Kurtz 

Elizabeth Blaney Helen C. Lamprey 

Dorothy T. Bowden Madeleine H. Lane 

Marietta Brady Marion S. Loker 

Mary I. Burd Leonora Lord 

Margaret Burr Bertha Merrill 

Sarah P. Caswell Marguerite Milnor 

Ethel M. Caution- Almira S. l<jor«a,n 

Davis Katherine Mortensen 

Christine Chapman Katherine Pardee 

Martha Charles Ida F. Peirce 
Gertrude E. Clarkson H. Carolyn Percy 

Dorothy DeLand Ruth C. Perry 

Laura A. Draper Florence Price 

Julia K. Drew Cathryn V. Riley 

Edith C. Erskine Ruth S. Rodman 

Frances A. Faunce Marjorie H. Sawyer 

Mary M. Fitzpatrick Rea Schimpeler 

Norah V. Foote Grace F. Slack 

Katharine S. Gowing Delia A. Smith 

Mary B. Guernsey Lora V. Smith 

Olga S. Halsey Ethel V. Stott 

Carrie L. Hastings Florence Webster 

Frances O. Ingalls Margaret S. Wright 



WEBB HOUSE PARTY. 

About sixty girls enjoyed the annual 
party which present Webb House gives to 
past Webb House, and seldom was a Sat- 
urday night more hilariously or more en- 
joyably spent. It was a costume party, 
and as usual, attires were varied, admit- 
ting the country ladies and gentlemen, the 
frisky children, the little Dutch peasants 
and the many ludicrous nondescripts. 
A blazing open fire on the hearth admitted 
of pauses in the dancing to play games. 
Refreshments made a second intermis- 
sion, the taking of a flashlight a third. 
The committee for the party was as fol- 
lows: 

Frances Kelly, Chairman, 

Marian Shoemaker, 

Dorothy Drake, 

Berenice Van Slyke, 

Josephine Bryant. 



COLLEGE NEWS 



Press of n . A. Lindsey & Co., Boston. 



Published weekly. Subscription price, SI. 00 a 
year to resident and non-resident. 

All business correspondence should be addressed 
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News. 

All subscriptions should be sent to Miss Alice 
R. Porter. 

All advertising correspondence should be addressed 
to Miss B. M. Beckford, Wellesley. 



Editor-in-Chief, Kate S." Parsons, 1911 

Associate Editor, Ruth Evans, 1911 

Literary Editors, 

Emily D. Miler. 1911 Dorothy Mills, 1911 

Alumna Editor, Elizabeth W. Manwaring, 1902 

Business Manager, Elizabeth Nofsinger, 1910 

Subscription Editor, Alice R. Porter, 1910 

Assistants, 

Ridie Guion, 1911 Frances Gray, 1912 



"Entered as second class matter, November 12, 
1903, at the Post Office at Wellesley, Mass., under 
the Act of Congress, March 3, 1879." 



EDITORIAL. 

The News is publishing President Haz- 
ard's notice of November 23 concerning 
the careless stripping of trees, presumably 
by college students, on private property. 
The attention of the student body has been 
called before to the fact that Wellesley 
College does not own the town of Wellesley, 
and in behalf of the town of Wellesley, in 
behalf of the trampled rights of property 
owners of this neighborhood, we vigorous- 
ly raise a protest against the careless liber- 
ties that are taken, — not by the majority 
of our college girls, — but by the careless 
and inevitable few. That these few exist 
cannot be doubted if one has ever attended 
any college function where evergreen 
boughs and branches of other people's 
trees form the decorations. If the exist- 
ence of the few be denied, there are still 
witnesses left on village lawns of the care- 
lessness of the many. This applies largely 
to the village student. Because you have 
a room in a village house, you have not the 
privilege of wearing paths across your 
hostess' lawn nor, in your hurry, breaking 
down the unfortunate barberry bushes 
that stand on corners. A houseful of 
girls walking across one corner of a lawn 
four times a day will have an effect in one 
week, and when the abuse continues for 
about thirty weeks, it is small wonder that 
the village folk become vexed and dis- 
course on "the careless college girl." 

The college society, — what is it ? Why so 
much ado? " But," remarks the Parent or 
the Friend, "these societies are not the 
whole college." Judge of the importance 
of these unimportant institutions now, 
when their abolition, as many are firmly 
convinced, will shake the very founda- 
tions of Wellesley College. Exaggerated 
as it may be, the power of the one-sixth 



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of the college over many, too many of the 
vital interests of the other five-sixths, is 
tremendous. It's a power which has 
gripped the one-sixth with a firmness 
never before realized because never — 
in this student generation — tested. 

Girls have talked of loyalty and 
their willingness to do for their Alma 
Mater, but not until now has there been 
opportunity to realize the emptiness of 
these abstractions. The power of the so- 
ciety is more evident than it ever has been 
before, now that a crisis seems at hand. 
The girl to whom the society means the 
most — and she is the ideal society girl — 
may frankly avow her selfishness either by 
opposing all reform measures or refusing to 
step into the limelight with action — wait- 
ing a^d hoping that "nothing will come 
of it." 

And the girl with the conscience? Not 
the rabid anarchistic individual who 
shoots out incendiary sentiments on every 
occasion, but the sober-minded girl. She 
wavers and stops and skirmishes about un- 
easily — demanding construction before 
destruction — a theoretically futile para- 
dox. In her snail's pace contemplation 
she does not take clear account of the fact 
that actual movements in a college are 
short lived — while every attempt which 
has failed in past years is a preparation, 
still a wave cannot prepare to break, tow- 
er up and fall in a sedate manner requiring 
five or six years. An active spirit which is 
generally felt seldom lasts more than two 
years; it can hardly be bequeathed. This 
the sure-footed one does not see; neither 
does she seem to think of the possibility of 
college growing tired of this wrangle over 
societies. Society girls themselves are 
going to drop from sheer exhaustion and 
too much talk; non-society girls are going 
to weary of the eternal question and there 
will be a submissive drop into that apa- 
thetic mass of thirteen hundred which it 
will be difficult to leaven again. 

Mr. Carman's graphic words fit the sit- 
uation: 

' ' They balk endeavor and battle reform 
In the sacred name of law; 
And over the quavering voice of Hem 
Is the droning voice of Haw." 

It is deplorable that the college girl 
with literary inclinations does not realize 
the value of print. It is also unfortunate 
that she considers no print valuable except 
Atlantic Monthly or Scribner's print. 
Here at Wellesley the girl with the literary 
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Magazine. There she stops. While 
Wellesley approves her verse or compli- 
ments her with inflated adjectives on her 
last story, she nevertheless has the feeling 
that her work would never do for the great 
different world outside. With this result, 
our Seniors, who long to "do literary 
work," go out helplessly — not knowing 
where to begin, and take several good 
years struggling into print. They would 
have swung into their work strongly had 
they behind them that confidence born of 
the consciousness that you are not a novice, 
but a professional. After the first cold 
plunge into print, a girl can always feel that 
there is something she can do and do imme- 
diately; trashy though it may be, there is 
prospect of doing better. Write a story, 
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COLLEGE NEWS 



Elizabeth Robins 

the eminent English authoress, 
writes about the English Suf- 
fragettes. She tells why they 
resort to the violence that lands 
them in jail. 

Save a little of your indigna- 
tion for the chapters of " The 
Beast and the Jungle " that are 
to come. Judge Lindsey hasn't 
really started to get to the heart 
of his story yet. 

DECEMBER EVERYBODY'S 

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COLLEQE CALENDAR. 



Wednesday, December i, 4.15, P.M., Student Government 
Association Reception to heads of College houses. 

Saturday, December 4, from 1.30 to 5.30, P.M., the College 
Settlements' Doll Show in the old Gymnasium. 

Sunday morning, n, A.M., service in the Houghton Memorial 
Chapel. Sermon by the Reverend Edward M. Noyes of 
Newton Center. 

At vespers at 7, P.M., an address by Mr. Shuntz at the 
invitation of the Missionary Committee of the Christian 
Association. 

Monday, December 6, A.M., the dress rehearsal of the Junior 
Play. An admission fee of 25 cents will be charged. 
P.M. The performance of the Junior Play for the Fresh- 
man Class. 

7.30, P.M., in the Chapel of College Hall, a recital by Mad- 
ame Teresa Carreno, pianist. 

Tuesday, December 7, at 4.15, P.M., Student Government 
Reception to heads of Village houses. 
At 4.20, P.M., Students' recital at Billings Hall. 



COLLEQE NOTES. 



On Tuesday afternoon, December seventh, an informal 
reception for the Village hostesses will be given in the Shake- 
speare House from four-thirty to six. 

Miss Alice Walmsley took the members of the Economics 
13 course to the cotton mill in Waltham, Monday, the twenty- 
ninth and Wednesday, the thirty-first of November. 

There was a reception in the Faculty parlor for the mem- 
bers of the Alliance Francaise after M. Enlart's lecture Monday 
evening, November twenty-ninth. 



THEATER NOTES. 



Boston: "The Circus Man" with Maclyn Arbuckle. 
Park: "A Gentleman from Mississippi." 
Castle Square: "Honor." 

Colonial: "The Young Turk" with Max Rogers and Maude 
Raymond. 

Maxine Elliott in 

Elsie Ferguson in 

Hattie Williams in ' 



Majestic: 
Tremont: 
Hollis: 
Globe: 



"The Chaperon." 
"Such a Little Queen. 
Detective Sparks." 



The City." A new play by Clyde Fitch. 



GENERAL AID SALE. 



All articles to be sold at the General Aid Sale, Saturday, 
December 4, must be brought to the Christian Association 
Office before Friday noon, December 3. Each article should 
be carefully marked with the contributor's name and the price 
for which she wishes it sold. 



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TRESPASS. 



The following notice from the President's office was indexed 
Friday, November 26. It seemed important enough to re- 
print in the News: 

The owner of some woodland on Grove street makes formal 
complaint that certain small white pine trees are every now and 
then stripped of their branches, probably by those who are 
collecting material for decoration. It is believed by the com- 
plainant that some at least of the young women who thought- 
lessly commit these depredations belong to the College. The 
owner further writes that he has borne patiently with this dam- 
age to his property, but feels that he will be justified in letting 
the law take its course if his trespass signs are disregarded and 
his property entered with the purpose of stripping his trees. 

It is perhaps not known to some that each small white pine 
contains within itself the possibility of a large and valuable tree. 
Students are hereby warned that the law will be invoked on 
trespassers after this notice, which the President is sure will 
be sufficient to restrain actions which must have sprung from 
ignorance of the conditions. 



BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. 



Through the generosity of the Museum trustees, any mem- 
ber of the College may obtain a free ticket of admission to the 
Museum by presenting an application blank at the door. Mem- 
bers of the Art Department may obtain these blanks in the Art 
Library. All other members of the college will receive them upon 
application at the Registrar's office. 



STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS. 



Isadore Douglas President 

Elsie West Vice-president 

Mabel J. Lee Secretary 

Mary Welles Treasurer 

Katharine McGill 1910 Member 

Imogene Kelly 191 1 Member 

Mildred Keim 1912 Member 

OFFICE HOURS. 
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FESTIVAL AND SALE. 



It is hoped that Wellesley girls will patronize a Festival and 
Sale given for the benefit of the Frances E. Willard Settlement, 
at the Settlement House, 38 Chambers street, Boston, on 
December second, third and fourth. As there is to be a Welles- 
ley booth, contributions of articles to sell, such as fancy-work, 
neck-wear, bags, calendars, and the many other little novelties 
suitable for Christmas gifts, will be gratefully received by the fol- 
lowing committee, any time before Thursday, December second: 

Alice R. Porter — 240 College Hall. 

Marion Kinne — 4 Pomeroy. 

Helen Cross — 9 Norumbega. 

Katherine A. Potter — 14 Weston Rd. 



COLLEGE NEWS 



MILLINERY OPENING I 

We take pleasure in announcing our Fall Opening, beginning 
September 28, of Imported and Domestic Hats and Millinery j 
Novelties. Mrs. S. Edwards Rood 

Miss Bertha E. Flood 
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The Student Building Fair, long talked of, dreamed of even 
longer, has finally been realized. On Monday, the barn fairly 
buzzed with eager purchasers, and more eager salespeople. 
The booths were arranged in a horse-shoe at the arch of which 
was the stage. Fortune tellers under the direction of May 
Greene held forth on the stage, and many had their futures and 
pasts read, and read well too. Attractive little Dutch boys 
and girls played in a latticed flower garden where red and yellow 
tulips grew out of worth-while grabs furnished and planned by 
the Gymnasium specials. The Japanese students in native 
costume served tea in a tea room which Helen Radley super- 
intended. The "inner man" found refreshments at Alice 
Smart's cand)' booth, and Mary Warner's ice-cream table. 
Christmas presents were supplied at a fancy work booth, an 
arts and crafts booth, a booth for kimonos and aprons, and one 
for books and cards. These booths were in charge of Mary 
Root, Harriet Hinchliff, Norma Lieberman and Nan Kent. The 
financial success of the undertaking has not yet been ascer- 
tained, but as far as the social part of the fair is -concerned, the 
committee should feel amply repaid for their efforts. 



The Relation of Poise to Hu lan Efficiency. 



Dr. Joel E. Goldthwaite, a prominent orthopedic surgeon of 
Boston, lectured in College Hall Chapel, Wednesday afternoon, 
November 17, on "The Relation of Poise to Human Efficiency." 
By poise Dr. Goldthwaite said that he meant an upright 
position, which is the normal position of the body. This 
upright position has an incalculable effect on physical and 
mental efficiency. It is impossible to have normal blood cir- 
culation when the chest is stooped so that the organs are thrown 
out of their proper position. Lung and digestive troubles often 
come from no other cause than this failure to maintain poise. 
The weakness of blood circulation has an immediate effect on 
the brain so that in mental efficiency this poise is unquestion- 
ably one of the most important factors. To emphasize this, 
Dr. Goldthwaite spoke of certain examples of the effect of bal- 
ance. Greek art, at the period of Spartan supremacy, has 
given us the most perfect illustrations of poise. The statues 
of the later Greek period show the gods as capable of weariness, 
and with this quality they lose the former perfection of balance. 
Dr. Goldthwaite told of one of his patients, a boy suffering from 
exhaustion, who could not go on with his work. All that he 
needed was to straighten up his chest, and recover his normal 
poise. The man who traveled on foot from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific entered Chicago walking upright, with perfect balance 
and through this maintenance of poise succeeded in completing 
the task. Dr. Goldthwaite once followed up a newspaper 
picture of a man who had unusual poise and found him to be the 
captain of his college team, remarkable in his power to grasp 
situations. Scientific facts and specific illustrations all should 
go to impress us with the extreme value of poise in attaining .to 
the fulness of our efficiency. 



FREE PRESS. 



I. 

To anyone intensely interested in the society question, the 
methods of reform proposed by some society members seem 
ludicrous, if not pitiful. "Strained relations with sophomores? 
Oh yes, that's easily remedied. We'll put away our pins, we'll 
take down our pretty pictures of 'the house,' we'll do away 
with the array of owls and the bouquets of iris" — "Oh, our 
work — I suppose we could plan to work more, and then, too," 
this triumphantly, "we'll raise the standard of membership!" 
Well, perhaps they can raise the standard of membership, per- 
haps A. K. X. could arrange to have a majority of members 
who knew the Greek alphabet or the Agora ask girls who knew 
more of current topics than the newspaper headlines conscien- 
tiously transferred to the blackboard by the library. But 
what these well-meaning people fail to realize is that it's not 
their childish love of embellishment in the form of pins, etc., nor 
yet their poor pretence at organized work to which exception 
is taken, but to a society as a society. That institutions so 



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fundamentally selfish, creating as Miss Baxter said last week, 
false class distinctions, should exist at all, is bad enough, but 
that they should exist in a college that plumes itself on its 
democracy, is infinitely worse. 

Mount Holyoke has just succeeded in abolishing her societies ; 
there the initiative was taken by members of the faculty who 
resigned in a body, their example being followed immediately 
by action on the part of the students, who unanimously agreed 
to dissolve their societies. Here the students have the oppor- 
tunity to take the initiative themselves, and I'm sure if each 
girl considers the matter as carefully as she ought to, the initia- 
tive will come. Of course there is a loud and determined clamor 
for a "constructive policy." I quite fail to see the immediate 
and urgent necessity of that article. Other colleges, Bryn 
Mawr, for instance, prosper surprisingly well without any so- 
cieties; but if there is to be such a constructive policy — and I 
should be the last to speak against any plan that tended to 
better organize student life and bring it in closer contact with 
the best things in college — such a constructive policy should be 
submitted to the student body at large, not threshed out behind 
the closed doors of a society meeting. 

The point of all this is, that no action can possibly be taken 
until the societies are definitely dissolved; as society members, 
girls are hampered and unable to accomplish anything. It is 
not for them to decide what shall become of the houses, any 
more than to decide upon the afore-mentioned constructive 
policy. In case of the disbanding of a society, the houses would 
revert to their respective alumnae; it is for them to settle the 
question. Of course this present movement may not succeed 
and your friend who has sat back and asked " What's the use? " 
will change her tune to " I told you so." But if you believe that 
societies are wrong, have the courage to stand out and say so; 
don't weakly think you'll "do good from the inside;" better 
people than you have tried it for many years with no signs of 
improvement, but rather of deterioration in society ideals. 
You have a wonderful opportunity to do something for your 
college. Do it. And remember that every girl of strength and 
character in a society means one more peg for it to stand on, one 
more excuse for its being. Imogene Kelly, 1911. 

II. 

As one who at first thought that society abolition could 
cure certain shortcomings in the social and intellectual life of 
the college, I would like to express the conviction, which comes as 
a laborious afterthought, that it would be ineffective, and might 
even defeat its own ends — hoping at the same time not to liken 
myself to the converted drunkard who lectures of his past. 
Since societies are established, and include not only present 
members who are usually strongly attached to them, and re- 
ceive some enjoyment and benefit, but also alumnae to whom 
they mean a great deal; and since both students and alumna; 
have spent money and effort in their upbuilding, there must be 
stronger reasons for deciding to abolish them than there need be 
for deciding not to build them if they did not exist. The burden 
of proof rests with the abolitionists who must, before taking 
any action which has a logical and just basis, show that the 
societies are doing the college an injury which would be reme- 
died if they did not exist. 

The two main arguments which are advanced to prove this 
are that they are based upon a social injustice involving un- 
happiness (which the argument must assume would die with 
societies) and that they tend to stifle the intellectual zeal of the 
college. The intellectual argument holds rather a secondary 
place in the question, since the responsibility for intellectual zeal 
is not left to the students — particularly to only one-seventh of 
them — and since, even supposing if the time spent on the present 
societies devoted to work on department clubs with that zeal 
well adjusted, the social problem would still remain with the 
students; they would still need social arrangements because 
their own characters demand and find social expression. 

The greater argument against societies is that in this social 
life of the college they are exclusive institutions, based on the 
unjust theory of privileges to the few, aristocracy in a com- 
munity which would otherwise be democratic. Along with that 
goes the argument that in their choice and exclusion they do not 
always judge worthily or fairly — a fault which is a matter for 
improvement within the society, rather than a charge against 
the essential nature of societies, like the first argument. In 
other words the essential challenge to societies is based on the 



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injustice of their public enjoyment of privileges from which six- 
sevenths of the college is excluded. Now strangely enough, in 
our theories which question everything, the right of excluding 
many people from select privileges is never questioned. Classes 
do it academically, sports and dancing physically, and groups of 
friends socially. We recognize exclusiveness as necessary for 
efficiency in work, and for congeniality among friends. But 
societies have greater privileges than any group of friends. 
Their property, their houses, are not exclusively for the society 
girls. Their work is no greater privilege in itself than various 
other kinds of work, which are exclusive. Their real difference 
from the exclusiveness of a group of friends is their establish- 
ment, their recognition. Societies in their various elements are 
not completely denunciable, — it is only in the recognition of 
them, it is claimed, that their harm comes, in the importance 
which some people attach to their actions and judgments, in 
the official acknowledgment by the college of their rights of ex- 
clusion. 

The choice before Wellesley lies, not between an ideal de- 
mocracy and a recognized, selfish exclusiveness of one-seventh 
of the college. If it were so, societies could go easily. Instead, 
it lies between recognized and unrecognized exclusiveness, 
Wellesley with societies, and Wellesley without, and right here 
a strange anomaly occurs, and theory and practice collide like 
two rams. Recognized and organized exclusiveness sounds 
brutal in theory, and for that very reason it is forced to be better 
in practice than unrecognized exclusiveness. Because public 
sentiment at Wellesley generously disapproves of the theory 
wherever it notices it, it acts as a very beautiful check to the 
society girl, who, because she is recognized as exclusive, cannot 
be as exclusive as she is recognized to be, else she is likely to get 
herself and her society disliked. The society is under the guard 
of public sentiment, and faculty and society rules and regula- 
tions, and it must move more circumspectly and dutifully than 
the unrecognized club. Wellesley without societies, and with 
the social need, would develop numerous small cliques or clubs, 
which, when they are overshadowed by societies are unnoticed 
and cause little hurt, but which, when societies are withdrawn, 
begin to gather such attention as was bestowed on societies, to 
themselves. Certain kinds of girls demand a social criterion — 
if they don't have one, they will build another. Exclusive and 
jovial eating clubs left to themselves, very naturally are coveted 
by some girls on the outside, and the same evil of the personal 
hurt, which is charged to societies, finds shelter here. The 
unit is smaller, therefore more exclusive ; it is unrecognized, 
therefore not regulated, or bound by any sense of duty. Seek 
to better it, regulate it, recognize it, and you make it a society 
again, only without the work to stipply a higher interest than 
food. A social club, if abolished, can only have its place filled 
by another social club, in which case there is no reason for 
abolishing it for one of its own kind, however bettered. The 
abolition of societies would mean simply the tearing down of a 
social system, neatly regulated, and headed (by the 
impulse of the various turmoils) into paths of duty and the ideal ; 
and the starting of a chaotic one, which in the course of events 
would again need to be formed and arranged. There seems to 
me no ultimate reason for doing away with societies, which rather 
present themselves as the most available instruments for future 
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III. 
It is to be regretted that crushes are escaping from their 
supposed village home and are appearing on the campus. It is 
more to be regretted that they are due in almost every case to 
the attitude of the upper class girls; and as a result the younger 
girls remain sleepless till twelve, or get awake at five, they think 
of nothing else, and are hopelessly miserable and foolish. The 
really sad thing about it is, however, that many true friendships- 
in-the-making, becoming self-conscious through their neigh- 
bor's follies, are unable to struggle through this atmosphere of 
sentiment and thrills and die a useless death. ioio. 

IV. 

Birds of a feather, yes — but if we are going to discuss this 
question of societies with a view to accomplishing something, 
why should all the radicals congregate for the mere purpose of 
agreeing with each other, and all the conservatives shake their 
heads together and sympathize? It is natural to fly for sym- 
pathy to the ones who think as you do, but it does very little 
towards giving you a rounded view of the situation. Talk more 
with the girl who doesn't agree with you. 

V. 

The days are full of vexation just now; tempers are on the 
edge of escaping control all the time and hanging dangerously 
over the wrong side quite too often. To be quite sane and 
steady through it all means to get away from the noise and 
bustle for solitary walks or, if one does not like solitude, for 
romps with children. This saneness and steadiness are rare 
enough and valuable enough at any time, but now, when so much 
hangs on the right thinking of the individual girl it is quite be- 
yond price. 

VI. 

In regard to the much-agitated question of the abolition of 
the societies here at Wellesley, I have just a few words to say. 
If it is true — as a great many society and non-society girls claim 
— that the definite "work," which each society carries on, is 
done in a careless way, if the societies do not even attempt to 
attain any of their ideals, then why have ideals and why at- 
tempt to carry on a definite "work? " To me that is one of the 
main objections. As much as I have been told, leads me to think 
that when the members of societies do any work, the tasks they 
set themselves are far too big for them to grapple with. If they 
can not do what they aim to do well, or if they do not attempt to 
do it well, then why attempt it at all? If they do not live up 
to their ideals, then I do not think they should exist, for that 
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On the other hand, I see no objections to societies for social 
purposes. For instance, any number of fraternities may exist 
in a men's college, without any intellectual end in view. So- 
cieties may afford opportunities for more intimate acquaintance 
with perhaps forty or fifty girls. It seems to me that it would 
be far better for the societies not to have a special reason for 
their existence. The societies are here, they each have their 
house, and if they might start afresh, without, any unattainable 
ideals, I think they would be far more justifiable. 

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Ah me, 'twas a pitiful sight to see, — 

In the chill a line stood shiveringly, 

Waiting out, frozen out miserablee, 

But waiting at Ag and T. Z. E., 

Waiting to join a societee: 
' We want to get in! " shrieked the rabble and rout, 

From within came the cry, "We want to get out! " 
'To get in," they bewail with despairing shout, 

And echo corrects them, 

"Out." 

They had no pins on their shirt waists, — 

Ah, pitiful sight to view! 

Society fires never warmed 

Their poor cold hands and blue. 

They peeped inside. "Divine!" cried they: 

But within a voice breathed a dubious "Nay." 
' We want to get in," moaned the rabble and rout, 

From within came the wail, " We would crawl out;' 
'To get in!" they shriek with one last shout, 

But echo corrects them; 

"Out." 



MUSIC NOTES. 



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Service List. 
Sunday evening, November. 28, 1909. 
Service Prelude. 

Processional: "Ancient of Days" Jeffrey 

Invocation. 

Hymn 930. 

Service Anthem. 

Psalm 66. (Gloria Patri.) 

Scripture Lesson. 

Address. 

Prayer. 

Organ : Slow movement and Finale from the " New World " 

Symphony Dvorak 

Choir: "Saviour, When Night Involves the Skies"... Shelley 
Prayers (with choral responses) 
Recessional 823. 

The Wellesley College Choir. 

Professor Macdougall, Organist. 

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ALUMN/E NOTES. 

In addition to notes concerning graduates, the Alumnge 
column will contain items of interest about members of the 
Faculty, past and present, and former students. 



The first meeting of the year of the Boston Wellesley 
College Club took place Thursday, November 18. It was held 
at the College Club, 40 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, and 
took the form of a reception from 4 until 6 o'clock. A portion 
of the College Glee Club was present and gave trie members sev- 
eral delightful selections. There was a large and enthusiastic 
attendance at the meeting. At that time the membership of 
the club was increased by eighteen new members, largely of the 
Class of 1909. The pourers at the tea table were Miss Edith 
Tufts, 1884, and Mrs. Caroline Rogers Hill, 1900. The Enter- 
tainment Committee consisted of Mrs. Etta Mason Newell, 1884, 
Mrs. Emma Sherburne Eaton, 1883, and Miss Katherine Payne 
Jones, 1884. The new officers for the next two years are: 
President, Miss Mary W. Capen, 1898; Vice-president, Mrs. 
Adeline Bonney McWhinnie, 1894; Secretary- Treasurer, Miss 
Alice W. Stockwell, 1904; Recording Secretary, Miss Florence 
L. Ellery, 1S88; Fifth Member of Executive Committee, Mrs. 
Lily Rice Foxcroft, 1878-79, 1880-82. 

Miss Elizabeth L. Camp, ^05, will conduct a party for six 
weeks of travel in Europe next summer. The itinerary in- 
cludes the Passion Play at Oberammergau. Anyone wishing in- 
formation in regard to the trip is requested to write to Miss 
Camp, The Castle, Tarrytown, New York. 

Miss Eleanor L. Cox, 1909, is teaching French and German 
at Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, where Miss Marion Lee 
Taylor, 1895, Ph.D., Chicago, 1908, is head of the German De- 
partment. 

Miss Louise McCausey, 1909, is teaching Mathematics, 
Latin and German in Miss West's School, St. Joseph, Missouri. 

Miss Mabel A. Chase, Instructor in Physics, 1890-91, 1893. 
97, is now Associate Professor of Physics at Mount Holyoke 
College. 

Miss Eugenia Locke, 1903, is Master's Assistant in the 
South Natick (Mass.) Grammar School. 

Miss Ethel D. Hubbard, 1899, has recently published "Un- 
der Marching Orders," a book designed for the use of Mission 
Study classes. 

Miss Caroline J. Cook, 1884, Legal Aid Counsel of the Wom- 
en's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston, gave a talk on 
November 27, at the Boston 1915 Exhibition, on Credit Unions i 
entitled, "Help for the Man Who Would Borrow." 

Miss Martha Johnson Hughes, 1906, is teaching mathe- 
matics in the Girls' High School, Philadelphia. 

Miss Mary A. Greenwood, 1909, is teaching in the High 
School at Amesbury, Massachusetts. 



Miss Inez Atwood Rogers, 1909, is teaching English in 
Drew Seminary, Carmel, New York. 

Miss Cora S. Morison, Miss Helen LeGate, Miss Harriet 
Dunn and Miss Elizabeth A. Quimby, all of 1909, are teaching 
in Ponce, Porto Rico. 

Among the new instructors at Wellesley this year are Miss 
Louise S. McDowell, 1898, in the Department of Physics, and 
Miss Euphemia R. Worthington, 1904, in the Department of 
Mathematics. 

Miss Rhoda Coombs, 1909, is teaching science in the Deep 
River (Conn.) High School. Miss Adele Preble, 1909, is teach- 
ing in the same town. 

Miss Margaret Heatley, 1908, is teaching science at Sayre 
College, Lexington, Kentucky. 

Miss Helen F. Cooke, 1896, after a summer spent in assist- 
ing at Mrs. Sidney Lanier's camp at Eliot, Maine, is teaching in 
the Bancroft School in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Miss Mary B. Walker, 1909, is assistant in the Adams 
(Mass.) High School. 

Miss Rebecca R. Corwin, Instructor in Biblical History, 
1905-06, is teaching in the Methodist Training School, Nash- 
ville, Tennessee. 

Miss Hannah M. Jones, 1908, is teaching in the upper 
grades in Edmeston, New York. 

Miss Gladys MacArthur, 1909, is teaching in her home 
town, McColloms, New York. 

Miss Lena Paul, 1909, is teaching English and History in the 
Yarmouth (Maine) High School. 

Miss Emily W. Mills, 1903, has charge of the girls in Wyo- 
ming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania. 

Miss Ruth Whitney, 1903, is head of the English Depart- 
ment in the Reading (Pa.) High School for Girls. 

Miss Mae White, 1908, is studying at the University of 
Louisville this winter, and living at home. 

MARRIAGES. 

Byrn — Robson. November 1, 1909 
Miss Olive R. Robson, 1893-95, 1S96-97, 
bert Byrn of Cambridge, Maryland. 

Brown — Fleming. November 6, 1909, Miss Mary Flem- 
ing, 1906, to Mr. Francis Brown of New York City. 

Chapman — Doten. October 23, 1909, Miss Gladys Doten, 
1907, to Mr. Philip Freeland Chapman. 

DEATH. 

In the summer of rgo9, the mother of Bessie Trovillo, ^05. 

BIRTH. 

November 22, 1909, at Albany, New York, a son, Prentice 
Johnson Rodgers, to Mrs. Henry D. Rodgers (Louise W. Allen, 

CHANGES OF ADDRESS. 

Miss Anna Harding, 1909, 836 Tappan Road, Ann Arbor, 
Michigan. (For the present year.) 

Mrs. Lacey D. Caskey (Elsie Stern, 1899), Squirrel Road, 
Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. 

Mrs. F. B. Bradeen (Nellie A. Shaw, 1899), Essex, Con- 
necticut. 

Mrs. William Valentine (Elsie Williams, 1901), Brooklyn, 
Connecticut. 



in Cleveland, Ohio, 
to Mr. Samuel Lam-